Is it spring?

Seems like I am seeing spring flower posts everywhere but around here!  It’s been colder than usual, and it is supposed to be that way through April according to the weather channel.  It will be a while before I am working the garden bed, but I do see stuff starting to appear!


I realized that I finished my chair and never showed the pictures, so here they are!  Here is the before picture from my Habitat Restore chair:



All finished:



This took a while because there is a channel that the fabric goes in and my staple gun is flat. I needed a special narrow nose staple gun, but I wasn’t about to spend $50 on a staple gun to use once, so I used a small upholstery hammer and tacked the fabric in. That took a long time and if I ever redo this chair again, I will get that special staple gun 😀  It’s not perfect, but that means it fits in pretty well around Radiance Manor.


Ms. Pixie loves the chair, as predicted, and I had to wipe hair off of it for the picture.  Now this chair is in the nook and my other chair is downstairs to get the same treatment. Hopefully that one won’t be so tedious, but I do have to retie springs on that chair, which scares me.

I also worked on the bathroom again this weekend.  I painted the countertops with the Rustoleum countertop paint. The old green ready to be painted.


I won’t show the after yet as John wants to be surprised (and will he) when he gets home and he reads my blog. I chose a cobblestone color.  I have this love/hate relationship with Rustoleum stuff because their color matches are terrible with their samples, but the products are good. The color is a little more gray than I was expecting, but it looks pretty good.  I wouldn’t use this stuff in a kitchen, but it’s good enough for a temporary color change before our major overhaul.

I had a lucky breakfast today. My mother and I were planning on going out for breakfast. My sister was supposed to be going out of town, but there were issues with her flight, so she is leaving tomorrow instead and I told her about brekkie, so she came with the youngest niece and we all got caught up.



Happy find at grocery shopping today, too:



My favorite apple is the Pink Lady and that is what I have with my daily yogurt.  John likes lots of different apples, but I really only want the Pink Lady, so I pay the normal $1.79 a pound for them every week.  I stocked up today!

This post is all over the place. I feel like I am going in 20 directions, which I guess I am.  But back to spring again – it was so cold today.  I went out for a walk this afternoon and it was 25 degrees. It was windy, too, so I don’t even know what the wind chill was – other than freaking cold!


I should not be dressed like this in late March. At least I got a walk in.  We are supposed to have record lows tonight as well.  On top of all this cold, the water main to the street is frozen to our other house.  It went all winter without issue, but now it is frozen. The pipes in the house are fine (thank goodness) because we have the heat set at 55, so now we need to talk to the city about getting that street blockage cleared out. No hurry since we aren’t living there, but a stress we really don’t need.  On the good side, there were 2 showings on the house this week, which is double the number that we had all winter.  Fingers crossed that the market picks up.


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21 thoughts on “Is it spring?

  1. debby

    Those are some nice looking apples! It seems funny that they post the size. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that out here. So you like Pink Lady better than Fuji?

    The bathroom–that is a beautiful sink and fixtures. It seems they got top of the line in some places, and then just dropped the ball in others? Anyway, where I was looking (Lowes) there wasn’t even the choice of a sink like that. I’m trying not to think about it too much 🙂

    Its getting increasingly hard for me to imagine your cold. Its been in the 70’s for the past week, and its nothing for me to get in the pool when I go to the gym. Its like instead of being in the same country, we live on two different continents! It is nice to actually see the ground in your yard!
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    1. Lori Post author

      I like the Pink Ladies way better than the Fujis. Yum!

      They really had some expensive stuff in this house, like those stupid kohler faucets and the sinks, but then put in this laminate counter, which was chipped around the nice sinks. It was just a lame design all together.

      Funny thing – what zone are you in? I am in 5 and so is Colorado where John’s family is – and they have blooms.

  2. deb

    Oh i hope the market picks up for you Lori. We were really really fortunate to get our house sold…. It only took one weekend of open houses and even then we only had two offers but one was right on the money…. 25!!! Brrr….. i cannot imagine… Later this week we will be in the 80’s yuk…. I wish i could live with perpetual days in the 70’s and nights in the 50’s… Love the purple on your chair ahemm… purple is my favorite color… 🙂 the bright white threw me a little… Makes it seem a little too new on an obviously old chair…. Hugs! deb
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    1. Lori Post author

      Not much is selling out here. The market does seem to be heating up, though, which is something positive. No one wants to look at houses in the dead of winter with piles of snow.

      The chair is not really a bright white, I think it looks brighter in the photo. It is a moonlight white, but I wanted that contrast for this chair. A darker color didn’t look good with the purple because the purple didn’t pop, which it does now! LOL

  3. Kathy W.

    Really pretty chair! I love everything in the purple range, too. That will really pop wherever you put it!

    1. Lori Post author

      I want to wear the purple suede 😀 This chair would probably go well in the purple bed room, but it will end up in the living room when I get its mate done.

  4. CARLA

    OH I am so so so Ms Pixie too as I LOVE the chair and the color and….I shed far less so it would be less of an inconvenience for you when I dont wanna git off of it.
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  5. Jeannie/Qlts2Slo

    Oh Lori, that’s a VERY good sign that you had two showings in one week, and the weather hasn’t turned yet! I sense good things coming and will send good thoughts to that end.

  6. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I love grocery store deals!!!

    We have the most hideous baby pink marble-swirl pattern in your upstairs master bathroom. Does rust-oleum handle marble? 😉 We’re trying to figure out what home improvement project we are going to handle first… except we aren’t handy so most of it will have to be hired out.
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    1. Lori Post author

      I don’t know about the marble. I guess if worst comes to worse, if it doesn’t work you can scrape it off the stone 😀

  7. Fran

    It’s ridiculous that it’s still so cold in your part of the world. No, you shouldn’t be dressed like that this time of year! But you did get out for a walk: good for you.

    I love what you did to the chair, it’s beautiful.
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    1. Lori Post author

      I am just thankful that it is the city’s pipe and not busted inside our house. It sure is annoying, though.

  8. Roz@weightingfor50

    Now I want to try a pink lady apple. I’m an ambrosia or gala girl myself. and honeycrisp, but only when they go on sale in the fall. I really think your coat with the hood looks cute, but you are right, it’s spring. Hoods should not be needed. Hang in there Lori!
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